Lough will be replaced by Xavier Paul. The injury is not considered serious, and the move is being labeled as precautionary. Lough hit .286/.311/.413 in 315 at-bats last year.
Rodriguez is coming off Tommy John surgery, but was able to toss a simulated game last week. He was initially ticketed to remain in Arizona for extended spring training, but the team has reconsidered after seeing his progress. There's still a possibility Rodriguez remains behind when the team leaves, but there's a chance he won't need it.
Rodriguez posted a 5.37 ERA in 70 1/3 innings last season.
Parker has been lit up throughout spring training. He has given up 11 earned runs in 9 1/3 innings. There has been no hint of an injury.
"Dominant stuff," Ron Gardenhire told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about Deduno's outing. "First pitch strikes, breaking balls, hammers. He had it all. That was nasty."
Deduno has pitched four games in relief this spring and boasts a tiny 0.93 ERA. He has given up five hits and struck out eight in 9 2/3 innings.
Rodriguez stepped on a cactus a few days ago, and tried to play catch Thursday. He didn't last long during that process, and things don't look good Friday. Rodriguez posted a 2.70 ERA in 46 2/3 innings last year.
A lingering ankle issue will keep
Wieters is hoping to rebound from a mildly disappointing 2013 in which his on-base percentage fell to a career-worst .287.
"It was a pretty good bullpen," Fister said. "Felt pretty good about it. Step in the right direction." Fister added that he's unsure when he'll throw again, but doesn't expect the team to send him for more tests on his elbow. Fister did say he's still dealing with some stiffness, but believes it has to do with the early morning cold weather. Fister also declined to say whether he thinks he'll be ready for opening day.
Fister posted a 3.67 ERA in 208 2/3 innings last year.
His absence could have his team scrambling in the outfield despite its depth at that position. Fellow outfielder Matt Kemp (ankle) will likely miss the games against Arizona as well.
What was suspected is now official:
Nolasco, who has yielded two earned runs in six innings with two strikeouts this spring, managed his best season since 2008 last year with Miami and Los Angeles. He was 13-11 with a 3.70 ERA and surrendered fewer hits than innings pitched for the first time since that season.
"I'm a first baseman, not a DH," he said. He added that he plans on serving as a designated hitter only once or twice a week.
Pujols underwent offseason knee surgery after batting just .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI last season. He was limited to 391 at-bats. His .437 slugging percentage and .330 on-base percentage were career-lows.